Casa Velha do Palheiro is a Relais & Châteaux country house hotel, set within the award-winning Palheiro Gardens in the foothills of Funchal, which combines history, beauty and elegance.
The hotel has been lovingly restored from an 18th century hunting lodge and is now fully integrated into the 120 hectare Palheiro Nature Estate with its own par 72 championship golf course, a fully serviced spa with indoor and outdoor pools, and over 20 kilometres of nature trails, birdwatching, restaurants, bars and even a tea house.
Conveniently located close to town and only 20 minutes from the Madeira International airport, Casa Velha do Palheiro is perfectly situated to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, a unique place to actively unwind, where the only noise you are likely to hear is birdsong…
The hotel is a member of the Relais & Châteaux establishment and provides 32 rooms and five suites, each one singular in style and personality.
The sitting room and bar are comfortable, beautifully furnished and decorated with gilt framed oils, Madeira prints and lithographs. Fresh flowers picked from the garden lend colour and vitality.
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Double Garden Wing
The Double Garden Wing Rooms at Casa Velha do Palheiro are located in the Garden Wing adjacent to the main building.
Emerald-green Virginia creeper smothers much of the pale peach façade of this accommodation wing, where ground- and first-floor rooms overlook the hotel entrance and afford pleasant rear-views across the gardens.
Double Golf Wing
Fronting the hotel’s well-manicured back lawn, the architecture of the two-tier Golf Wing is very much in keeping with Casa Velha’s country house-style appearance.
The Double Golf Wing Rooms offer more floorspace and bathrooms with separate tub and shower. The floor-length rear windows allow glimpses of the golf course.
Double Main House Rooms
The Double Main House Rooms enjoy a period setting within the Old House. Bright and airy, the antique character is immediately inviting and delightfully informal.
Decorated throughout in pastel hues, the muted tones accentuate the mahogany furnishings and decorative floral fabrics. Some of the rooms enjoy elevated views over the terrace and rear lawn.
All guestrooms at Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro have en-suite bathrooms equipped with hairdryers and heated towel rails. The suites and superior rooms have additional separate shower cabins.
30-channel cable television
Central heating with individual control
Air-conditioning with individual control
Bathroom amenities of the highest quality
Direct dial telephone
Internal television channel
Daily turndown service
Welcome gift in all rooms on arrival
Writing desk with stationery set
Directory of Services with extensive Casa Velha and Madeira visitor information
24-hour Reception service
Junior Suites Main House
The three Junior Suites located in the Old House offer a rare combination of generous floorspace and ambient light.
Beautifully appointed and exuding a graceful, 19th-century aura, the interior of each suite conveys a unique personality and is named after a distinguished individual inexorably linked with Madeira Island and the Palheiro Estate.
On the upper level, The Conde de Carvalhal Suite honours the 1st Count of Carvalhal who created the estate in 1801 and built Casa Velha.
The Rei Dom Carlos Suite, also upstairs, remembers Carlos de Bragança, King of Portugal, who stayed here in 1901.
Named after the man who subsequently purchased the land and buildings of Palheiro in 1885, The John Burden Blandy Suite is situated on the ground floor of the Casa Velha
Senior Suites Golf Wing
The two Senior Suites located in the Wing are named after noted topographical painters Frank Dillon and Andrew Pickens.
The Frank Dillon Suite is decorated with lithographs depicting 19th-century Madeira executed by the English artist and illustrator in 1848.
Similarly, prints and engravings of Madeira Island views in the mid-1800s by fellow expatriate Andrew Pickens enliven the Andrew Pickens Suite.
Both suites enjoy substantial floorspace, with separate bedroom and lounge-sitting room. Bathrooms with separate bath and shower.
The dining room at Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro overlooks the landscaped grounds and manicured lawn at the rear of the five-star property.
Decorated in restful shades of peach and designed to embody the style and comfort of country living, the Casa Velha dining room reflects the classical elegance associated with the hotel.
Handsome mahogany tables set across a floor of smooth wood enhance the room’s rustic appeal. Lighter, wicker tables placed outside on the terrace offer a more spontaneous, al fresco impression.
French windows curtained in lace and crowned with a floral trim afford fine views back across the gardens.
Polished silverware and Villeroy & Boch tableware in petite fleur motif exemplify the attention to detail. Sprays of fresh flowers add colour and fragrance.
In the morning the mood is cheerful, relaxed and homely.
Friendly waiting staff in uniforms of crisp white shirts, holly green tunics and black slacks serve tea or coffee, promptly and without fuss.
An impressive Continental buffet breakfast spread tempts with an array of freshly baked pastries, assorted jams and spreads, cold cuts, and fresh fruit and juice. An English-style cooked selection provides a heartier option. And guests can also order from a unique menu of eggs cooked to order and served in various ways including fried, poached and scrambled. A more civilised way to start the day is difficult to imagine!
The dining room is also the Casa Velha restaurant.
As evening falls the lights are lowered and a more formal atmosphere pervades the room.
This is where to enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner in intimate surroundings, where discretion and courtesy go hand in hand.
A choice menu of the finest gourmet cuisine is matched by an enviable selection of Portuguese and international wines.
Eating here is an essential part of the guest experience and complements any stay at Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro.
Palheiro Spa at Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro is where the journey of relaxation and self-discovery begins.
Set amidst the tranquil Palheiro Estate and just a short walk from the hotel entrance, Casa Velha’s boutique spa facility adds vitality and wellbeing to the guest experience.
Blending seamlessly into the environment and surrounded by lush, fertile woodland, Palheiro Spa is at one with Nature.
Brushing the dry stone façade are banks of leafy fern and agapanthus that burst into a blaze of lilac during the summer months. Polished grey cantaria – basalt stonework framing the doors and windows – further accentuate the spa’s organic appearance. Above, Canary Island pine, candelabra and other exotic trees cluster in abundance.
A chic, minimalist interior captures the essence of luxury and heightens the spa’s Zen-like quality.
Services & Facilities
Four treatment rooms – Palmeira, Agapanthus, Camelia, Cypress – provide candlelit privacy and a chance for guests to indulge in a comprehensive range of authentic massage and beauty therapies for him and her. Afterwards, a relaxation room allows for rest and contemplation.
Palheiro Spa aims for results-based treatments based on the expert knowledge and the considerable experience of its team of professionally qualified staff. Pevonia Botanica and Caci professional spa and salon products are used throughout.
Wellness options extend to Finnish sauna and Turkish steam bath, refreshing rain and waterfall shower experiences, and a fabulous heated indoor swimming pool with exhilarating massage jets. On hot, sunny days the larger outdoor pool is a real temptation.
The spa also has a Fitness Room where guests can continue their usual exercise routine using state-of-the-art equipment while on holiday.
Teas, infusions and a healthy assortment of snacks can be ordered before or after treatments at the adjoining Conservatory Bar.
And remember, the Palheiro Spa at Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro is open year-round to guests and non-residents.
Casa Velha do Palheiro, Funchal
- Luxury boutique style hotel
- Superb spa facilities
- Discreet service from dedicated staff
- Golf on-site at Palheiro Golf Club
- Great views of Funchal